OPERATIONAL SUITABILITY REPORT

 

 

Xplore Technologies’  iX104C2

 

Class 1 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnathon A Vetter

Chairman, Flight Standardization Board

(FSB)

 

 

Date: 02/28/2007

 

 

 

 

Federal Aviation Administration

Aircraft Evaluation Group (MKCAEG)

901 Locust

Kansas City , Missouri 64106

Telephone:  (816) 329-3233

FAX  (816) 329-3241

 

 


 

 

MANAGEMENT COORDINATION SHEET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walter J. Hutchings                                                                            Date:

Manager, Kansas City Aircraft Evaluation Group

 

 

 

 

 

      /s/         6/7/2007

Thomas Toula                                                                                     Date:

Manager, Air Transportation Division, AFS-200

 


 

 

REVISION RECORD

 

 

 

Revision

Sections

Date

Chairman

Draft

All

02/03/2006

John Vetter

Original

All

05/31/2006

John Vetter

Revision 1 DRAFT

1, 2, 3

10/18/2006

John Vetter

Revision 1

1, 2, 3

02/28/2007

John Vetter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights of Change

Revision 1:      1.0 Adds Hawker 800 series aircraft to report applicability

                        2.3 Adds a new onboard printer option

                        3.0 Change stowage provisions description

 

 


 

Table of Contents

 

      Title and Approval Page                                                                                        Management Coordination Sheet      1

      Revision Record                                                                                                2

      Table of Contents                                                                                              3

1    Purpose and Applicability                                                                                   4

2    EFB Description                                                                                                 6

3    EFB Mounting System or Stowage                                                                    7

4    EFB Display Lighting and Reflectivity                                                                8

5    Acceptable Operations Procedures for Use of EFB                                         8

6    Acceptable EFB Data Revision Process                                                           8

7    FSB Specifications for Training                                                                         9

8    FSB Specifications for Checking                                                                       9

9    FSB Specifications for Currency                                                                       10

10  Portable Electronic Device Non-Interference (91.21)                                        10

11  Electromagnetic Interference                                                                             10

12  Rapid Depressurization Testing                                                                        10

13  Operating System                                                                                              11

14  Configuration Control                                                                                         11

15  Instructions for Continued Airworthiness                                                           11

16  Compliance Checklist                                                                                        11

17  FSB Specifications for Devices and Simulators (reserved)                              11

18  Application of FSB Report                                                                                  11

19  Alternate Means of Compliance                                                                         12

20  Miscellaneous (reserved)                                                                                   12

 

Appendix 1                                                                                                                13

Appendix 2                                                                                                                14

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This FSB report specifies FAA requirements applicable to operators seeking to use the Xplore Technologies’  iX104C Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) as a Class 1 EFB .   Provisions of this report are consistent with the guidance defined in FAA Advisory Circular 120-76A and assume that appropriate airworthiness certification for installation of the EFB is/will be accomplished.

Purpose

The following information related to operational suitability is included:

1.1                A general description of the EFB system evaluated under this report, including:

1.1.1              EFB manufacturer

1.1.2              EFB model

1.1.3              A list of major components within the EFB

1.1.4              The EFB operating system and version

1.1.5              A list of the applications evaluated under this report.

1.2                The manufacturer’s name and model number of the mounting system evaluated under this report. Reference to the Part 25 certification of the mounting system is also included.

1.3                 EFB Display Lighting and Reflectivity

1.4                Typical acceptable procedures for EFB use during all phases of flight

1.5                Typical acceptable procedures to follow when one unit fails and when both units fail to include alternate means of accessing data

1.6                A revision process procedure/method that ensures appropriate database accuracy and currency

1.7                FSB specifications for training and typical acceptable training course description

1.8                FSB specifications for Checking including specification of those checks that must be administered by FAA or operators

1.9                FSB specifications for Currency

1.10        Portable Electronic Device Non-Interference

1.11        Electromagnetic Interference (E.M.I.)

1.12        Rapid Depressurization Testing

1.13        Operating system change requirements

1.14        Configuration Control, including the procedures which govern the distribution of updates to the aircraft and confirmation of the aircraft EFB configuration.

1.15        Instructions for Continued Airworthiness

1.16        Compliance Checklist

1.17        FSB Specifications for Devices and Simulators (Reserved)

1.18        The applicability of this report

1.19        Alternate Means of Compliance

1.20        List of documents or their airline equivalents, to meet the requirements of AC120-76A for operational approval and continued airworthiness. (Appendix 1)

1.21        List regulatory compliance status (compliance checklist) for pertinent parts of the FARs (Appendix 2)

 

Applicability

The following aircraft have received operational approval for the Xplore Technologies’  iX104C2   Class 1 EFB:

MU-300/ Model 400A, Beechjet / Hawker 400XP

BAe-125-800 series, Hawker 800, Hawker 800XP, Hawker 850XP

 


 

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The Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system provides electronic flight deck data storage and retrieval that maybe used to present a variety of aviation data traditionally provided in paper form.  This system is a dual class 1 EFB system using print procedures to provide availability of Type B applications that require display for takeoff and landing.

 

The EFB evaluated under this report consists of a COTS tablet computer with the Microsoft Windows operating system and applications as listed. The EFB is stowed for takeoff and landing and can be connected to airplane power source (PED outlet) for battery recharging as contained in the certification documentation. A single onboard printer is required for printing of approach charts for unplanned landings. Spare digitizer pens are required.

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This EFB has been manufactured by Xplore Technologies.

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Xplore Technologies’ model iX104C2.  EFB P/N:  50-23057 Rev.A02-00.

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The following major components are included with this make/model of EFB

 

Component

Manufacturer

Model

Part Number

Motherboard

Wistron

Wildcat II MLB

55.45J01.011

BIOS

Phoenix

Version R0A1G

 

Processor

Intel

Pentium M 733

 

Display

Xplore Technoligies

TFT XGA

 

Hard Drive

Hitachi

DK23FA HDD

 

CD-ROM

Xplore Technologies

Xstand/CD-ROM

02-05004A

Wireless Connection

Cingular

EGPRS-Simm card

 

Power Supply

 

Lithium ion

 

Printer

Hewlett Packard  or

Canon

Deckjet 450

i80

C8145A

8582A001

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This EFB has been demonstrated with Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Version 2002 with Service Pack 1 Operating System.

 

Additional Software Demonstrated:       Adobe 7.0 to display documents

                                                               UltraNav for weight and balance / performance

   JeppView – Flight Deck for printing and display of

            approach charts / aeronautical charts

                                                               Computing Technologies for Aviation (CTA) for

                                                                        electronic record keeping.


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The following applications have been demonstrated for use on this specific EFB. Airplane specific information used in these applications is applicable to Raytheon Aircraft Company MU-300 / Model 400 / Model 400A airplanes.

2.4.1          “Type A” Applications

(Using Adobe, Microsoft Word and CTA software)

2.4.1.1            Flight Operations Manual (FOM)

Operations Specifications (Opspecs)

Maintenance Manuals

Minimum Equipment List (MEL)

Configuration Deviation List (CDL)

Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM)

Antiterrorism profile data

Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) / Oxidizer look-up tables

Emergency Response Guidance for Aircraft Incidents Involving Dangerous

Goods (ICAO Doc 9481-AN/928)

Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR)

Pilot Currency records (CTA)

Master Flight Plan (storage only)(MS Word)

Weather and Aeronautical data (storage only)(MS Word)

2.4.2          “Type B” Applications

(Using UltraNav and JeppView – Flight Deck software)

2.4.2.1            Performance Calculations (takeoff, en route, landing, missed app., go-around)

(Subject to AFM confirmation)

Runway limiting performance calculations

Weight and Balance calculations

Non-interactive electronic approach charts in pre-composed format

(Required approach charts for departure airport, destination airport and alternate airport must be available in printed form prior to departure)

Pre-composed or dynamic interactive electronic aeronautical charts

(Required aeronautical charts must be available in printed form prior to departure)

2.4.3          “Type C” Applications

2.4.3.1            No Type C applications are evaluated.

3 or Stowage

No mounting system is used with this Class 1 EFB.  Dual EFB and printer stowage must be provided and must provide accessibility to both EFB’s while the flight crew is seated without interfering with crew egress.  These provisions have been evaluated and found to be acceptable for all phases of flight. The EFB,s must be stowed for takeoff and landing.


 

4                EFB Display Lighting and Reflectivity

4.1                Display lighting.

This EFB has been evaluated in both low-light and full sunlight conditions. The display is readable under the full range of lighting conditions without distraction.  Screen protectors must be maintained in good condition to preclude opacity.

4.2                Display Reflectivity.

The display has been evaluated under night lighting conditions. There is no distracting reflectivity observed from the display under these conditions.

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5.1                Normal operating procedures are included in the applicable airplane Flight Crew Operations Manual and Flight Crew Training Manual. Descriptions of specific applications may be contained in a “User Guide” supplied by the application vendor.

5.2                Non-Normal procedures for use with the EFB must be developed for failure of one EFB unit and for failure of both EFB units to provide procedures for alternate access to required data.

5.3                Pertinent Aeronautical Charts for en route navigation, terminal area charts and approach charts for departure, destination and alternates must be printed and available prior to departure.

5.4                In the event of an unplanned landing or in-flight diversion, Aeronautical and Approach Charts will be printed onboard the aircraft in flight.  If the onboard printer fails, the EFB can be used to display Approach and Aeronautical Chart information directly provided the EFB is stowed prior to landing.  A template for Approach Chart Data must be available to hand record textual description of approach procedure for continuous display availability when a printed chart is unavailable.

5.5                Spare Digitizer Pens are required to be available for immediate use.

 

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7                FSB Specifications for Training

7.1                General . Successful completion of EFB training is required.  EFB training programs must be FAA approved when specified by FAR.  An FAA approved Computer Based Training course carried out on either a desktop or laptop computer is an acceptable means of conducting EFB training.

7.2                Programs Crediting Previous EFB Experience.   Training programs for the EFB may take credit for previous EFB experience. For example, previous experience using a Class 1 or 2 performance application using similar software may be credited toward EFB training.  Principal Inspectors for operators initially introducing a new EFB system may approve programs consistent with programs previously approved.  For information regarding previously approved programs or programs crediting previous EFB experience, FAA Principal Inspectors for other operators may be consulted.

7.3                Pilots Initial, Transition and Upgrade Ground Training

7.3.1              Pilots: Initial Training.   Initial EFB training is accomplished as specified by this FSB report or included in an approved training program.  No unique provisions or requirements are specified.

7.3.2              Areas of Emphasis. Operators must emphasize during EFB training and during initial line operating experience the need to avoid fixation on the display during critical phases of flight including taxi operations.

7.4                Recurrent Training

7.4.1              Recurrent training is not normally required for EFB operation provided the functions are used regularly in line operations.  Operators are encouraged to include EFB as a component of simulator recurrent training to the extent practical.

7.4.2              As part of an approved training program, an operator may use many methods when conducting recurrent training, including classroom instruction, pictures, videotape, ground training devices, computer-based instruction, and static aircraft training.

7.4.3              Recurrent Training Simulator Requirements (reserved)

 

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8.1                Checking Items.   Pertinent knowledge, procedures for EFB use should be checked following initial EFB training.  This checking may be accomplished as an automated component of EFB computer-based training.  Operators are encouraged to include EFB use as a part of recurrent checking where practical.  Proper EFB use should be included in line checks.

8.2                Areas of emphasis.   The following areas of emphasis should be addressed during line checks as necessary:

8.2.1              Proficiency with use of EFB applications must be demonstrated,

8.2.2              Proper outside visual scan without prolonged fixation on EFB operation should be demonstrated, and failure of component(s) of the EFB should be addressed,

8.2.3              Proper selection and use of EFB displays, should be demonstrated.

8.2.4              Proper use of the chart printing in flight function should be demonstrated

8.2.5              Proper cross-check of data entered into the performance application

8.3                Proficiency Checks/Practical Tests.   At the discretion of the evaluator, and if the EFB is installed in the operator’s training device or simulator, EFB may be included in the practical testing and annual proficiency checks.

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Assuming EFB is used regularly , no unique currency provisions apply to the EFB.

10    Portable Electronic Device Non-Interference (91.21)

The operator is responsible to determine non-interference of this Class 1 EFB in accordance with Advisory Circular 91.21A Use of Portable Electronic Devices Aboard Aircraft.

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The Xplore Technologies  iX104C2 (including the power supply) has been tested by Xplore Technologies in accordance with Part 15 of the FCC rules for Class B digital devices, EN55022 (CISPR22) Class B limits and DOC Class B limits for interference. The Xplore Technologies  iX104C2 has been found not exhibit any unacceptable levels of electromagnetic radiation.

 

Changes of any of the components listed in paragraph 2.3 will require that the EFB is checked again for acceptable levels of EMI.

 

12     Rapid Depressurization Testing

The Xplore Technologies iX104C2, in the configuration shown in Paragraph 2.3, has been tested by DatonT. Brown of Bohemia, New York for survivability of a rapid depressurization. Test was conducted in accordance with the specifications dictated by RTCA DO-160D, Section 4, Paragraph 4.6.2.  No faults were evident after the rapid depressurization that would prevent continued normal operation of the EFB.

 

Procedures and pressure altitudes must be provided for restarting the EFB if it shuts down as a result of depressurization.

13     Operating System

Changes to the Windows operating system that involve .exe, .dll files or Java scripts or change in Versions of Additional Software will require the operator notify the FAA Principal Inspector that the operation of all evaluated applications continues to meet intended function.

14     Configuration Control

The certificate holder or the operator will need to satisfy the Principal Inspector that they have procedures in place to manage the hardware and software configuration of any Class 1 EFBs that will be in operational use.

15     Instructions for Continued Airworthiness

The certificate holder or the operator is responsible to demonstrate that they have procedures in place to track repairs to EFB units and to ensure each EFB remains in compliance with the evaluated configuration.  Regular battery maintenance is required to maintain EFB useful functionality on battery power only.  Battery replacement is required to maintain at least two (2) hours of useful battery life in designated operating configuration or at manufactures recommended interval, which ever comes first.

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16.1        Compliance Checklist (see Appendix 2).

Compliance checklists are provided as an aid to identify those specific rules or policies for which compliance has been demonstrated to FAA.  The checklist includes rules or policies for which compliance must be demonstrated by individual operators.  Not all rules, policies or variants are necessarily listed or addressed.

16.2        Discussion of Specific Compliance Checklist Items (reserved)

 

17    FSB Specifications for Devices And Simulators (Reserved)

18     Application of FSB Report

Relevant parts of this report are effective for the specific combination of Class 1 EFB and aircraft model when this report is approved by FAA.

19     Alternate Means of Compliance

19.1        Approval Level and Approval Criteria.   Alternate means of compliance to the provisions of this report, must be approved by MKC-AEG.  If alternate compliance is sought, operators will be required to establish that any proposed alternate means provides an equivalent level of safety to the provisions of AC 120-76A and this FSB report.  Analysis, demonstrations, proof of concept testing, differences documentation, or other evidence may be required.

19.2        Requires Equivalent Safet y.  In the event alternate compliance is sought, training program hour reductions, simulator approvals, and device approvals, may be significantly limited and reporting requirements may be increased to assure equivalent safety.  FAA will generally not consider relief through alternate compliance means, unless sufficient lead time has been planned by an operator to allow for any necessary testing and evaluation.

19.3        Unforeseen Circumstances.  In the event of clearly unforeseen circumstances in which it is not possible for an operator to comply with report provisions, the operators may seek an interim equivalent program rather than a permanent alternate compliance method.  Financial arrangements, schedule adjustment, and other such reasons are not considered “unforeseen circumstances” for the purposes of this provision.

20     Miscellaneous - (Reserved)


Appendix 1

List of Required Documents and Artifacts for Authorization and Continued Airworthiness

 

Flight Crew Operations Manual

 

Cockpit Checklists

 

Flight Crew Training Manual

Training Courseware

  • Flight Crew
  • Maintenance Personnel
  • Operations Office Personnel

 

Electronic Flight Bag Pilot’s Guide

 

Company Maintenance Procedures

Component Maintenance Manual

 

Minimum Equipment List

 

Data Delivery and Management Description and Procedures

 

EFB Configuration Control Description and Procedures

 

 


Appendix 2

Compliance Checklist

The provisions of this report have shown compliance with the following regulations:

 

(1) Title 14 CFR §§ 91.9, 91.21, 91.103, 91.167, 91.169, 91.503, 91.605, 91.1023, 91.1025, 91.1063, 91.1065, 91.1067, 91.1069, 91.1073, 91.1075, 91.1077, 91.1079, 91.1081

 

(2) Title 14 CFR §§ 135.21, 135.23, 135.63, 135.81, 135.83, 135.144, 135.179, 135.213, 135.293, 135.297, 135.299, 135.323, 135.325, 135.327, 135.329.